Lviv vs Shakhtar: match preview

Friday, July 30, 2021



The Miners will play Lviv away in the Premier League round 2

July 30, Lviv, Arena Lviv, 19:00
Match build-up

Last week, Shakhtar successfully started their Ukrainian league campaign with a win over Inhulets. Striker Lassina Traore scored his first goal with the club through Manor Solomon's assist. And the second goal in that match was netted by Alan Patrick after his interplay with Taras Stepanenko. On the whole, the Orange-and-Blacks fully bossed the play, controlled the ball most of the time, created chances and could win with a lot bigger score than 2-1.

For Roberto De Zerbi, the upcoming match is the first away game at the helm of Shakhtar. Yesterday, the team flew from Kyiv to Lviv after having COVID-19 tests taken and receiving negative results. There are 23 footballers on the list:

goalkeepers: Shevchenko, Pyatov, Trubin;
defenders: Dodo, Vitao, Marlon, Matviienko, Konoplya, Ismaily, Korniienko;
midfielders: Stepanenko, Maycon, Marcos Antonio, Marlos, Tete, Bondarenko, Solomon, Mudryk, Alan Patrick, Pedrinho;
forwards: Dentinho, Traore, Sikan.

We want to point out that Dodo may well make his 50th league appearance on Friday.


Lviv finished their last league campaign in the 8th spot. The team opened the new season with a 1-1 home draw against Mariupol. In the opening stages, Kulakov brought the visitors in front, with Remenyak equalizing thirty minutes later. In terms of expected goals (xG), the Lviv side surpassed their opponents (1.7 versus 0.67), making 16 attempts (4 on target) and allowing 6 shots at their own goal (2 on target), although Mariupol dominated possession ... It is significant that Anatolii Bessmertnyi made all 5 substitutions after 81 minutes.

Head-to-head record

Shakhtar won 7 out of 10 matches. The Lviv outfit have 2 wins, with 1 more match ending in a draw. The Miners notched up 25 goals vs their opponents and conceded 7.

Previous meeting

On March 21, Lviv sensationally beat Shakhtar at the OSK Metalist in Kharkiv. From the first minutes, the teams exchanged scoring opportunities, and in the 24th minute the Lviv team took the lead - Alvaro volleyed home Shina's attempt. Solomon quickly equalized through a beautiful curled strike. Early in the second half, the opponents scored one (Nych), with the Miners pulling one back again (Solomon). The match was decided by a penalty - Shina converted it in the 73rd minute. In stoppage time, Solomon could have grabbed a hat-trick and make it level, but the ball missed the post my mere inches.